Camp 7th C.V. [Connecticut Volunteers] Fernandina, March 4, 1863*
My dear Friends,
I suppose Congress will rise today and a schooner starts for the Head, so I will write you
a line. For your information and I am glad to believe your satisfaction I can say that I am
in first rate health.
We are beginning to have warm weather and mosquitoes. Gardens are looking up.
Today however is quite like a March day at home- We are very busy just now or have
just been on our muster-rolls. We have not been paid for 6 months but we hear the
Paymasters are at the Head.
We received the cheering news last night that the Nashville had been taken. Day before
yesterday I received a letter from Father and one from Cornelia- The last of the 14th. I
was more than pleased with both of them.
Father, you hit upon the right idea. I want to know just what facts and incidents as you
stated. Write often. Has the side walk been laid up either Orchard or Pearl Streets?
Have you bought a buggy yet? If not buy one for me when I send my next pay home-
Perhaps a top carriage would suit you still better, if so get it. Now I mean what I say-
What money I get I am anxious to have you use, at least to a considerable extent- and
that extent only limited by yourself- You have often given up comforts for my benefit,
or supposed benefit, and now that I have some money I want to have it buy as many
comforts for you as possible.
I would send you our papers but it is difficult to obtain them here.
We are having a very pleasant time here- Nine of our officers have their wives here-
Saturday night we gave Major Rodman a surprise party. It was the first night of his
The news from the Head you get as soon or sooner than we- so I will not write about
that. In fact I believe there is not much to write about except the taking of Nashville and
of that we have no particulars.
Love to all
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